M*A*S*H and Beauty and Beast star David Ogden Stiers dies aged 75

Erica Roy
March 5, 2018

Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role in the classic U.S. comedy * a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M*A*S*H_ (TV_series)" target="_blank" *'M*A*S*H', has died at the age of 75.

Stiers' agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs, tweeted that the actor died from bladder cancer.

'His talent was only surpassed by his heart.His talent was only surpassed by his heart'.

For his work on the sitcom set in the Korean War, Stiers was twice Emmy-nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series, in 1981 and 1982.

Indeed, it was his voice that earned him his first screen credit - as the announcer in George Lucas' 1971 film "THX 1138".

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He also appeared in "Kojak", "Charlie's Angels", "The Dead Zone" and was also known for the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in several Perry Mason TV movies.

In addition to serving as narrator and as the voice of Cogsworth in "Beauty and the Beast" in 1991, he voiced Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins in Disney's 1995 animated effort "Pocahontas" and voiced the Archdeacon in Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". The character was often the comic foil to the hijinks of Alda's "Hawkeye" and Mike Farrell's Captain B.J. Hunnicutt. "He was an extraordinary person, a gifted actor, phenomenal musician, and my sweet, dear shy friend, who kiddingly called me Letitia".

Stiers played the aristocratic Maj.

He was a resident conductor for the Newport Symphony in OR and guest conducted dozens of orchestras around the country, the Newport Symphony said in a statement.

Stiers came out as gay in 2009, telling ABC News that, because so much of his employment had come through "family-friendly" programming, that he was previously concerned that being open about his homosexuality may have had a negative impact on his career.

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